My Soul to Lose & My Soul to Take

Posted September 13th, 2013 by in *Review / 1 comment

my soul to loseTitle: My Soul to Lose
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 2009
Classification: Young Adult Paranormal Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it’s the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she’s fine–despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities….

My Thoughts:

I finally pushed myself to start the Soul Screamers series after it has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for well over a year now.

This story is a 60 page novella that really just scratches the surface of the story. It opens up Kaylee’s world and a few of the characters that will hopefully be featured in the main books of the series. I did enjoy Kaylee because I feel like she will have a lot to offer and I enjoyed her snark and yet her fear of why she couldn’t seem to stop screaming whenever she would run into a random stranger who she felt was going to die.

So far I think the concept of this story is really unique and a little dark so I can’t wait to learn more about Kaylee and her “powers”.


my soul to takeTitle: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: Aug 2009
Classification: Young Adult Paranormal Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.



My Thoughts:

Due to the fact that this series has been out for a few years I thought I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into. It is hard to not know what is going on when you see everyone reading the 7th book in this series and you haven’t even started book one yet.

After reading the prequel I knew I wanted to know more of this story. I wanted to watch Kaylee in the real world instead of just in a hospital ward. I wanted to see who her friends were and how she was going to deal with being different. I already knew she was a paranormal “creature” so I was just waiting for someone in the story to come along and tell her this. Unfortunately what I got was Nash… I’m sure all the Team Nash fans out there are going to be outraged but I just don’t care for him or the relationship he had with Kaylee in this book. They meet very early on in the book and seem to fall into the insta-love pattern. Not only was there the insta-love problem but it seemed that Kaylee leaned on him every chance she had and the author didn’t really develop their relationship. I’m sure Kaylee and Nash could have been a great couple but I just couldn’t buy into any part of their “love”. They were boring to me and caused my eyes to roll many times. I wish I could have appreciated them more because they did have some mature kissing scenes and I normally love those older teen kissing moments but I just couldn’t bring myself to care. The person I did fall for was Tod, he was so much better than Nash. I feel the author spent more time building something between Kaylee and Tod then she did with Nash, who we saw far more often in the book then Tod.

While the characters were running around having relationships happen way too fast for my taste the story was really quite slow. It wasn’t until 150ish pages into the book that Kaylee finally gets to learn more about her life, her powers, and just who she really is. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but in a short book of only 280 pages this can be a huge problem. Also the end of the book was wrapped up far too quickly. All of a sudden we went from the information dumping on who Kaylee is to just wrapping up the small story plot drama in a matter of 30 pages! I’m sorry what!

Overall, I know I’ve been doing nothing but complaining so if you now glance at my heart rating (go ahead…I’ll wait) you are probably asking yourself why I’m giving this a 3.5 rating. Well let me tell you that although the characters developed too fast for no reason at all and the plot was slow and full of info dumping there were great pieces to this story. I really liked certain aspects or scenes in this book and those little glimpses were what kept me reading. I’m going to give the second book a shot for the simple fact that I feel the author does have the beginning of something that could be great, she just failed to bring it all together in this book. So here is to the hope that book two will flow better and have the missing pieces that this book lacked in.

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One Response to “My Soul to Lose & My Soul to Take”

  1. Liz @ Planet Print

    If you like Tod, you’ll enjoy the rest of the series! The first book is not the best and things do get better later on (though I’ve yet to finish this series – I’ve been meaning to for ages) so I hope you enjoy the later books a little more. Glad you enjoyed it enough to carry on though!

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